Help set up a station in West Kentucky

Hello Phil here
I’m not sure what to do, I don’t know where to begin. Looking for someone to work with me directly, so I can get started in the right direction.
Would someone please help me, I have a technician book. I ordered this book online not knowing what I was getting. I try reading, this is very difficult for me to understand. I want to be a operator for emergencies perpose.
The radio I have is called a Stryker SR955, and 30’ tower with a 10’ antenna. I’m not able to hook it up, had a stroke.
I’m a West Kentuckian, looking for someone close to my area that would be willing to help me get started in the right direction.


Hello @member500 Phil, thank you so much for joining the community :slight_smile: I am not close to your area, but we will see if we can try to find someone close by who can help!

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Thanks for your response. Their was a fella that lived close at one time, but I went to visit him, he’s moved. Not sure where he’s move to. He was selling some equipment and he encouraged me to get my license, so here I am. I live in Webster County Kentucky

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Welcome to the American Radio Club, Phil! @member500

You might want to reach out to your local amateur radio club for two reasons: 1) to get some help with studying for your license, and 2) assistance in getting on the air after you are licensed.

I might offer some help, too. If you get your Technician class license, the Stryker radio will give you access per your license to only two tenths of a megahertz for voice communications. Technicians can transmit only from 28.300 to 28.500 MHz. However, the General class license will give you access to the entire 10-meter band from 28.000 to 29.700 MHz. The upper end of the 10-meter band is used for FM voice communications, including repeaters on a worldwide basis. The Stryker radio is not capable of FM operations, only sideband.

If you were to obtain the Technician license, you actually would do better transmitting on the VHF and UHF bands through area repeaters, and a handheld radio might suffice for you.

The Technician book you purchased most likely is only good until June 30, when a new four-year exam question pool goes into effect. While a fair amount of the material isn’t changing, there will be new material that your current book probably doesn’t cover.

The good news is that the current American Radio Club Technician online course is in the process of being updated and we plan to have the new course online in slightly over a month so those taking the exam after July 1 will have had time to study the new question pool. In the meantime, our current online course for the Technician exam is just fine for getting licensed before June 30. Our Technician and General courses contain a number of elements such as text, videos, games, quizzes, practice exams and more! Check out our courses here: License Courses - American Radio Club

We hope to hear you on the air soon!

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